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The recent column about America's moral decay implies that the solution to the problem is for folks to convert to become conservative Christian Republicans ("The moral decay of the Md. GOP," March 21). Research over the past few years has found that American atheists and agnostics consistently score higher on measurements of empathy and compassion, which lie at the core of morality and caring about others. In addition, women consistently score higher on these measurements than men. If the Republican Party nominates an atheist woman for office, I promise to give her serious consideration.

My response to the question of why we experience so many school and similar shootings lies at the feet of the NRA, which has convinced Americans to arm themselves to support gun manufacturers that produce more and more potent weapons that children are given access to. The 2-year old who shot and killed his mother in Walmart didn't steal the gun from a liberal Democrat. He took it from his mother's purse. Likewise school shooters. Where did the Newtown killer get his guns?

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George Raley, Rising Sun

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